Velocity Frequent Flyer and Optus launched a new partnership back in November that gives members the opportunity to earn Velocity Points when they take up a new eligible mobile phone or data plan, or upgrade their current plan.

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Earn up to 30,000 bonus Velocity Points for signing or re-signing with Optus was last modified: May 5th, 2020 by Matt Moffitt

This partnership is currently the only link-up between a frequent flyer program and telco in the Australian market.

Current offer to earn Velocity Points on Optus plans

You can get paid between 3,000 and 30,000 bonus Velocity Points when you take out or upgrade to an eligible Optus plan by 12 March. You must keep your service active for three months (89 days).

Velocity Optus promotion March

Based on our valuation of Velocity Points at 1.8c each, the maximum 30,000-point bonus is worth $540.

Eligible mobile phone and data plans

Eligible services are:

  • month-to-month SIM-only plans (for phones)
  • month-to-month data SIM plans (for tablets and wearables)

This offer is available to those who are:

  • signing up as a new Optus customer; or
  • signing up for a new contract term as an existing Optus customer

You must complete your purchase online to receive points (not in-store or over the phone).

As you can expect, the more expensive the plan, the more points you’ll earn. The best value by far comes from signing up to the $79/month SIM-only plan (when you BYO phone). You’ll fork out $237 for your service over the three months and you’ll receive 30,000 Velocity Points, worth $540.

Velocity-Optus promotion March 2020
The $79/month 120GB SIM-only plan offers the best value

Conversely, at the lower end, you can earn 6,000 points when you take out a $39/month plan. This plan will cost you $117 over the three months and you’ll only receive $108 worth of points, meaning it’s not really worth it.

Note that you cannot earn Velocity Points on broadband, NBN or business plans.

What can you do with 30,000 Velocity Points?

That bonus (plus an extra 5,500 points + the required taxes and fees) can get you a one-way Business Class flight between the East and West Coast.

Virgin Australia A330 | Point Hacks
Use this bonus to fly in Virgin Australia’s excellent Airbus A330 Business Class

Here’s some other ideas on how to best use Velocity Points.

How to take advantage of this offer

  1. Check out the dedicated Optus-Velocity website
  2. Read the terms and conditions on this page carefully
  3. Choose one of the plans listed as eligible for Velocity Points earn
  4. Keep your Optus plan for at least 89 days
  5. Wait up to two weeks after that for the points to land in your Velocity account
  6. Understand that cancellation fees will apply if you are paying off a device and break your contract

Velocity-Optus offer history

  • February-March 2020: 3,000-30,000 bonus Velocity Points for signing or re-signing
  • November-December 2019: 2,000-40,000 bonus Velocity Points for signing or re-signing

Previous partnerships to earn frequent flyer points on mobile phone plans in Australia

Velocity Frequent Flyer

You could previously earn Velocity Points with Virgin Mobile, but that company was folded into Optus.

Qantas Frequent Flyer

Up until June 2019, you could earn Qantas Points with Vodafone.

Optus was also a Qantas partner from 2011 until 2015.

flybuys

Both Telstra and Optus have previously offered flybuys points for sign-ups to their plans.

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You used to be able to earn flybuys points with Telstra

Summing up

It’s a shame that we don’t have more opportunities in Australia to earn points on what is an (almost) essential expense in today’s digital world.

Having said that, having at least one avenue to earn Velocity Points when signing up for a new Optus mobile phone or data plan is welcome.

Let’s hope that the other telcos and Qantas and/or flybuys revive similar partnerships that they’ve had the past.

You can sign up to an Optus plan and earn Velocity Points here.

Current offer terms and conditions

New Service Velocity Frequent Flyer Points offer: New Service Velocity Frequent Flyer Points offer is available until 12 March 2020 for customers, residing in Australia, who are current Velocity members, who sign up to an Eligible Optus Service (set out below) as a New Service, via https://optus.com.au/velocity, and stay connected for 3 months (89 days). Eligible Optus Services are: a) the $39 (6,000 Points), $49 (12,000 Points), $59 (15,000 Points), $79 (30,000 Points) Optus Choice Packaged Plans; b) the $15 (3,000 Points), $25 (4,500 Points), $50 (10,500 Points) Data Plan; or c) $10 (1,500 Points) Connected Device Plan (Tablets, Watches and Data Sims) with a new 12, 24 or 36 month Device Payment Plan. Customer must stay connected for 3 months (89 days) after activation to be eligible to receive Points (Qualification Period). Points will be applied to your Velocity account within 14 days of the end of the Qualification Period (103 days in total from activation). If you cancel before the end of the Qualification Period, you will not be eligible to receive any Points. Your Velocity account must be registered with the same name as your Optus account. Offer not available with any other offers, unless specified. Members must provide their Velocity membership number at time of sign up to be eligible to receive Velocity Points. Velocity Points cannot be claimed retrospectively. Optus terms and conditions for the selected Eligible Optus Service apply. A member’s Velocity Points will expire 24 months after the date of last Velocity account activity. Members are subject to the Velocity Membership Terms and Conditions as amended from time to time.

Existing Optus Customer Velocity Frequent Flyer Points offer: Existing Customer Velocity Frequent Flyer Points offer available until 12 March 2020, for existing Optus customers residing in Australia, who are current Velocity members, who recontract their Existing Optus Service via https://optus.com.au/velocity to the $39 (6,000 Points), $49 (12,000 Points), $59 (15,000 Points) or $79 (30,000 Points) Optus Choice Packaged Plans with a new 12, 24 or 36 month Handset Payment Plan and stay connected for 3 months (89 days). If you recontract to an Optus Choice Package Plan, you may need to pay out any remaining device repayment or cancellation fees related to your previous service on your next bill. Customer must stay connected for 3 months (89 days) in order to be eligible to receive Points (Qualification Period). Points will be applied to your Velocity account within 14 days of the end of the Qualification Period (103 days in total from recontract). If you cancel before the end of the Qualification Period, you will not be eligible to receive any Points. Offer not available with any other offers, unless specified. Your Velocity account must be registered with the same name as your Optus account. Members must provide their Velocity membership number at time of recontract to be eligible to receive Velocity Points. Velocity Points cannot be claimed retrospectively. Optus terms and conditions for the selected Eligible Optus Service apply. A member’s Velocity Points will expire 24 months after the date of last Velocity account activity. Members are subject to the Velocity Membership Terms and Conditions as amended from time to time.

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Earn up to 30,000 bonus Velocity Points for signing or re-signing with Optus was last modified: May 5th, 2020 by Matt Moffitt